Gov. Larry Hogan wants "better communities ... and better lives," for us and "our children and our children's children." But action speaks louder than words, and retracting well-researched, broadly-supported, health-improving smog regulations was no way to achieve these wants ("Hogan moves quickly to block controversial environmental regulations," Jan. 21). He failed to see that our health is more important than the profit margin of a myopic company refusing to comply with pollution reduction laws. While he stalls in the interest of NRG Energy, the only major polluter lobbying against improvements to Maryland's air quality, we suffer the worst air on the East Coast and highest premature death rate due to cardiopulmonary complications in the nation.

Raven Power (owner of the Brandon Shores, Herbert A. Wagner, and Charles P. Crane generating stations) backed the smog regulations. The Maryland Medical Society and 70 elected officials supported them. The Air Quality Control Advisory Council approved them, and I know because I was there. Yet Governor Hogan's press secretary claimed a need for "public input, public hearing and full due process" before decisions can be made. What further decisions must be made?

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The only process now due is for Mr. Hogan to undo this recent gaffe, restore years of work in the interest of public health and put these long-needed smog regulations back on the table.

Kevin Kriescher, Baltimore

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